Bowden: Miami Trip Helps Recruiting

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden talked Monday evening about the recruiting hotbeds in Dade and Broward County, Florida, and how a trip to the Orange Bowl this Saturday can only help his staff's recruiting efforts. <BR>

200 D-I Prospects
As the Tigers begin preparations for Saturday's ESPN primetime game against the nationally ranked Miami Hurricanes, its natural to wonder what kind of effect a game of this magnitude could have on the Clemson's recruiting efforts.

According to head coach Tommy Bowden, it can only help.

"The thing about playing down there is there is about 200 Division I-A prospects. If the three schools (Miami, FSU, and Florida) all sign 25, there's more than a 100 left," said Bowden.

"Florida State goes up into South Georgia, and so does Miami, and they also both go national, so that leaves even more. They (the prospects) can't go east, west, or south, they've got to go north. They've got to go somewhere."

Bowden also said that his coaching staff has been going into south Florida more in recent years.

"We've got David (Blackwell) who's been down there before into Dade and Broward. Ron (West) has been down there before. But we've intensified our time to Dade and Broward. That's mostly where they are."

Clemson signed one player from the Miami area in the 2004 recruiting class- OL Akeem Robinson out of Carol City High School.

Injury Updates
Duane Coleman, Chansi Stuckey, and Cliff Harrell were all wearing yellow jerseys during Monday's practice, but all three players are expected to play Saturday.

When asked about Coleman, Bowden said that any injury he suffered during the N.C. State game is anything but serious.

"We got the injury report this morning, it wasn't significant enough where it looked like he would be out. This time of year, it's more of nagging type of injuries."

Weekend Review
Obviously, the talk around the ACC on Monday centered around North Carolina's upset of Miami and Maryland's upset of Florida State over the weekend.

"It looks like they kind of played down to the competition," Bowden said of the Hurricanes loss in Chapel Hill. "I think Florida State probably did that. I think they were 14-0 against Maryland. You can't do that. It looks like Miami did the same thing.

"I'm sure unfortunately, that we'll get their full attention. It's good for North Carolina, but not good for us," Bowden added.

Parting Shots
The Tigers will go through slightly less conditioning as the season enters its final three games...Bowden described the drop off as a natural transition towards the end of the season...The Clemson - Duke game on November 13 will kickoff at 1 PM and will not be televised...Clemson is currently listed as a 17-point underdog to Miami.

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